OVERVIEW OF IMPORT PROCESS
When a shipment reaches the United States, the Importer Of Record (IOR) (i.e., the owner, purchaser) will file entry documents for the goods at the port of entry (POE). Imported goods are not legally entered until after the shipment has arrived within the POE, delivery of the merchandise has been authorized by CBP and estimated duties have been paid. Although it is the IOR responsibility to arrange for examination and release of the goods, we handle it on your behalf.
Goods may be entered for consumption, entered for warehouse at the port of arrival or they may be transported in bond to another port of entry and entered there under the same conditions as at the port of arrival. Arrangements for transporting the merchandise in bond to an in-land port may be made by the consignee or by a customs broker or by any other person with an interest in the goods for that purpose. Unless your merchandise arrives directly at the port where you wish to enter it, you may be charged additional fees by the carrier for transportation to that port unless other arrangements have been made. Prior to the goods arrival, arrangements for entry must be made at the CBP port of entry where you intend to file your duties and documentation.